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Samsung Wave Y Review

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Samsung Wave Y Review
Call quality with the Samsung Wave Y is pretty decent in the earpiece, with clear-sounding voices, which could use a bit more volume. The other side could hear us well, too, but, of course, the phone is not spoiled with noise-canceling mic, so the ambient sounds made their way into the conversation.

The loudspeaker is not too wimpy, so you’d likely not miss a call from the Wave Y, and the sound from it is not overly flat when listening to music, or when redirecting a call through the speaker.

The battery behaved very well on standby, and the 6 hours and 40 minutes of talk time Samsung quotes out of the 1200mAh unit is about the category average.


Conclusion:

The Samsung Wave Y is a pleasant handset all-around, with no major flaws to really pick at. It sports a comfortable and sturdy design, made handsome by the faux brushed aluminum back, and has a bright display with above average for the category pixel density.

When we add the decent pictures and call quality, about the only complaint left is that it is running bada, instead of Android, but for the phone’s target market that shouldn’t be such an issue, as most of the social networking and communication apps that will be used daily are covered, with a few games thrown in for a good measure.

Its most formidable competitor is its own price - we find it way above $150. That is the territory of its Galaxy Y competitor, which, albeit with worse display and design materials, has the backing of the Google Play Store behind it. It is still the early days of the Wave Y’s availability, though, and the Galaxy Y has been around for a while, so the price difference should deepen.

As of now, there are better competitors to the Wave Y in this price range, like the HTC Explorer, which offers better camera, and, of course, Android. If you are a fan of Nokia’s Symbian Belle offerings with the free offline Maps navigation, then you can look at the Nokia 500, which also has a better cam, better screen resolution, and has a way more established app store with north of 60, 000 apps to take advantage of than bada’s own.

Software version of the reviewed unit: bada 2.01111272046

Samsung Wave Y Review:



Pros

  • Sturdy design with a nice back cover finish
  • Zippy, good-looking interface behavior
  • Good call quality and loudspeaker

Cons

  • Video capture is pretty useless
  • Embedded YouTube videos don't show in the browser
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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:22 4

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Looks are better than the Galaxy Y but the Galaxy Y is better soley because of Android.

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 06:41

2. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


great phone.i will take this over the galaxy y any day.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 09:37

5. chirag01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


which is better samsung galaxy y or wave y

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 11:59

6. devark (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


i was checking the same and wave y is better than galaxy y
http://www.smartprix.com/compare.php?ids=1783,118,2002
see the above 5 points win by wave y

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 05:32 5

7. ruchi (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Samsung wave Y is definitely better than galaxy Y but too bad it doesn't have android. Here is the comparison between the two:
http://www.smartprix.com/mobiles/samsung_wave_y_s5380_vs_samsung_galaxy_y_s5360-c2002_1783.php

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 00:50

8. mvmnrao (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


I don't know about the galaxy Y much, so I couldn't compare these two.
But after I have gone through few reviews I bought Samsung Wave Y and I am very dissatisfied with this phone.
Apart from the disadvantage that, it doesn’t support more apps because of it bada operating system, I is not working in lots of situations as a simple phone.
I couldn’t answer the phone some time, the green bar get strucked; I had to restart the phone.
The micro speaker gives very bad quality in sound.
The signal goes off suddenly and after some time when I noticed that I am not getting call what I am expecting, then I used to realize that the phone is not taking the signal and I had to restart.
When I select network automatic mode, it can’t switch between GSM and UMTS (3G) properly, instead I goes to emergency calls only mode.
And I am not sure about the reason but I couldn’t open my office web mail in the browser in this phone, may be the browser is not sending a secured request (but I used to check my companies web mail in my last phone and the major reason I went for this smart phone is to access companies web mail which I am not able to do now.)
So like this I have faced issues with this phone, so guys please take a while before you buy this phone.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 03:53

10. navedahmed (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Never buy Samsung wave Y.. i m fadup with this smartphone, it hangs often and it is not supporting apps like whatsapp Wechat which is using by whole world, but i dont have it.. in few days i will buy another one but wont buy any samsung smart phone.. bye bye wave Y.. i have wasted my money on you..

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 22:21

9. spark00 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


A good phone and it's worth the money....

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 03:54

11. navedahmed (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Never buy Samsung wave Y.. i m fadup with this smartphone, it hangs often and it is not supporting apps like whatsapp Wechat which is using by whole world, but i dont have it.. in few days i will buy another one but wont buy any samsung smart phone.. bye bye wave Y.. i have wasted my money on you..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:20

12. Price-Hunt (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


the mobile is gud, its resolution, front camera n a gud camera for this price. bada 2.0 is better than android phone and its peer Galaxy Y. superb touch. u must buy this mobile

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:23

13. Price-Hunt (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


Best mobile wave y n excellent touch better then galaxy y. Video calling is possible in this phone. front camera (Secondary) is available in this phone.
Cons: Camera only 2MP, dual sim is not here.

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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 832 MHz
Size4.33 x 2.29 x 0.48 inches
(110 x 58.2 x 12.3 mm)
3.61 oz  (102 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 6.7 hours talk time

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